How to Reinstate a Florida Driver’s License After a 1st-Time DUI Conviction
If you are facing a first-time DUI conviction, your license may be suspended from anywhere between 180 days to up to 1 year. This period begins on the day of your conviction. However, if you have had prior DUI convictions, this suspension could be significantly longer. Additionally, if a DUI resulted in serious injury, the suspension could last 3 years or more. All of this said, there is still hope if you are facing a DUI conviction and a subsequent license suspension. You may apply for a “hardship license” before the end of your license revocation period. This hardship license will allow you to drive to essential places, such as work and school. The details of this limited-use license can be provided by your lawyer or the Florida DHSMV.
In order to obtain your hardship driver’s license, you will need to go to a special driver’s license office called the Administrative Reviews office. For this visit, you will need to bring proof that you have completed DUI School and have proof that you have completed any recommended alcohol or drug treatments. I would also recommend bringing all of the paperwork that you may have concerning your DUI, including a copy of the DUI ticket that you were given when you were arrested. The locations of the Administrative Review offices in Florida can be located here: http://www.flhsmv.gov/locations/.
When your suspension Ends
After your suspension ends, you will be eligible to have your license reinstated. However, you will be required to pay a reinstatement fee, a license fee, and an administrative fee before that can occur. You will also be required to show proof that you have obtained a special kind of car insurance known as FR-44 for a period of 3 years. (Please note to double-check all of this information with your lawyer.)
What Can You Do?
As you can see, even a first-time DUI conviction is both expensive and time consuming. If you have questions about your case and would like to speak with me, please feel free to call me at my office in Orlando, Florida at 407-415-9626. (Remember to ask your lawyer about your specific case)